Petunia Garfunkel Learns to be Helpful: A Children’s Picture Book About Being Helpful

November 25, 2017


An Engaging Book That Teaches a Lesson

This is a charming children’s picture book about a little girl who is not very helpful. It is an easy read that encourages children to understand their roles in family life, and the importance of being helpful.

Petunia Garfunkel likes to make messes, but she does not like cleaning up after herself. In fact, she’d rather do anything else, but help her family.
“Petunia Garfunkel Learns To Be Helpful,”  is a light and inviting character education book. It is a “stories in verse” type of book. The rhymes and the illustrations, make it an easy and delightful way to learn social skills.

Beautifully, Hand-Illustrated

The colors are bold and vibrant colors. The illustrator took her time to ensure that the emotions of the characters are perfectly captured. Petunia sees the expressions on her parents’ faces, and understand their disappointment when she is not being helpful to others. Her family is very supportive, as she transitions from not helping, to being a helpful person.

“Petunia Garfunkel Learns to be Helpful,” is part of a series of books that build character. Other books in the series, which will be published in 2018, include:

Petunia Garfunkel Learns to tell the Truth
Petunia Garfunkel Learns about Manners



A delightful book for young readers

This is delightful book for young readers. I read it with my grandkids and they loved not only the story, but also the illustrations (by Lea Embelli). I thought the text and illustrations worked well together. This is an engaging but important story that communicates significant life lessons and teaches children the importance of being helpful and responsible.

Author Gioula Chelten writes in a wonderful rhyming style that guarantees the attention of young minds. If you ever wanted to bond even more with your children or grandchildren, this would be a lovely read to share with them.

“Here’s the secret of the world,
So, drink this with thirst:
If you want a helpful world,
YOU must be helpful first.”

It seems to me that this book has been created with a lot of love and joy and it’s obvious that the author really enjoys creating such wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing with us the gift that you have obviously worked so hard to refine. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what’s coming next. Five stars from us. Well done!





Gioula Chelten was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2002, she decided to travel the world, with every intention of returning to corporate South Africa once she was “traveled out.” However, she fell in love with the natural beauty of the USA and its “good natured people”, and she decided to immigrate to the USA.

Gioula now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband Skip, and 5 children.

Gioula is a full-time mother, entrepreneur and author. In an interview about her writing, she said: “I write for my children. When there are messages that need to be repeated, I tend to put it in a book.” When her 2nd son was afraid of the dark, she wrote “The Night Visitors”. In response to her first son’s invincibility streak, she wrote: “The Brave Silly Rabbit”. “Little Bear Takes a Winter Nap,” was written to express her eternal love, devotion and protection for her children.

“I feel grateful and honored that parents are sharing my books with their children. I hope it serves them as it continues to serve us.” says Gioula.

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One Comment

  • Casee Hendrix November 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    This is a great book for little children! It’s not preachy. It gently encourages kids to be more helpful towards others. I was reading it to my toddler and I could see him thinking. Maybe he was wondering if he was helpful?

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